Christopher Vehmas, NJCS 2016-2017 Choral Scholar
The New Jersey Choral Society, Artistic Director, Eric Dale Knapp, and NJCS Festival Youth Chorus Director, Noelle Dachis, are proud to mentor and support Christopher Vehmas, a 10th grade homeschooled student from Hawthorne, NJ. Christopher sings baritone with NJCS, as well as NJCS Camerata, and is the accompanist for the NJCS Festival Youth Chorus.
At a very early age, it became apparent that music was to be an integral part of Christopher Vehmas’ life. He began studying music at age 5 with guitar, and at age 10 with piano, although singing has always been his passion. Never a quiet moment, songs are always being sung or whistled. As a young child, Christopher was introduced to classical music and attended several performances of the NJ Symphony Orchestra and the NY Philharmonic Symphony. However, it was not until he was able to experience working with Eric Dale Knapp that his dream, to conduct a choir, was born. At the March 2015 Pops concert, A Disney Salute, Christopher had the unique opportunity to be a guest conductor with the New Jersey Choral Society, conducting When You Wish Upon a Star. In June 2016, he conducted Inscription of Hope in the NJCS Masterworks concert, O Fortuna, and Christopher continues to be mentored in choral conducting by Mr. Knapp through the 2016-2017 season.
Christopher has performed in many concerts with NJCS, debuting with the Children’s Chorus in On a Winters Night in 2011 under the direction of NJCS member, Alicia Luick. In 2013 he performed with the NJHSA Jr. High Chorus, in conjunction with NJCS, at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Noelle Dachis, in Mass of the Children. In 2012 Christopher became a member of the Artistic Children’s Chorus at the Metropolitan Opera. His debut at the MET was Turandot, and he has also appeared in Il Trovatore and appears in the current production of La Bohème. In 2014, Christopher had the principal character role of Roger Alberto in the Metropolitan Opera Andrea Chenier, under the stage direction of Peter McClintock. Currently, Christopher studies piano with NJCS accompanist Linda Sweetman-Waters. He also sings with the NJHSA Genesis Chorale, which performs several concerts throughout the year.